My 5 day Garden Route Tour got a stormy start with strong winds. Thankfully we spend most of this day driving through the mountain area on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. As a passionate wine-lover, I really appreciated this choice of route since we could have taken a different road along the cost (as we do on the way back). Forest, wine ranks, misty mountains and crystal clear rivers surrounding us for hours, it was hard to believe we were still in South Africa. We stopped at the magnificent Cango Caves, with limestone formations created about 750 million years ago. It was nice cooling down a bit inside the cave since the temperature was 35 degrees outside. Another stop was at the Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn where we got to know those big birds on a new level. The food that night was delicious, south african style ”Braai”.
The second day we made our way back towards the coast, passing the beautiful city of Knysna there we saw a whale and some dolphins. We stopped for canoeing on the river in Wilderness, and went for a hike in the Tsitsikamma national park. These places were some of my favourites on the Garden Route, since the nature was simply breathtaking. Before reaching our final destination at Storms River, we stopped to watch some people doing the bungy jump at Bloukrans. I have to give some extra credit to the backpackers ”Tube ‘n Axe”, their breakfast was great, the facility was lovely and the staff was very helpful och service minded.
Day three started with a drive to our final destination before turning back home, Addo Elephant National Park. We spend most of the day driving around in the 1640 km² Animal Reserve, looking for wild animals. Luckily we saw everything I wanted to see, such as lions, elephants, buffalos, zebras, various antelopes and birds. For lunch we stopped in a secured area inside the park for a nice picnic. After that we drove to Jeffrey’s bay, also called surfing paradise. Defenitely a city I would like to return to.
Our forth day started out with a great breakfast looking out on the beautiful beach that was occupied by early surfers. Our destination this day was the Garden Route Game lodge, a 4 star lodge with it’s own animal reserve. An incredibly beautiful facility with great guides, amazing buffé and an evening game drive. We got closer to the White Rhinos than I could have ever imagined. I will never forget watching the sunset while Giraffes and Rhinos were surrounding us.
Waking up on our last day on the Garden route adventure, I was already sad we were heading back from a great trip. Little did I know we would see lions, cheetahs, hippos and many more animals on our morning safari. After another amazing breakfast buffé, we went to the Reptile Park to get close to snakes, crocodiles and tortoises. Heading back to Cape town, we stopped in Hermanus for lunch while looking at whales. It’s incredible watching such big creatures so close. Another stop on the way was Betty’s Bay, where we saw the colony of African Penguins. We took the scenic ocean route home before we all got dropped off in Capetown. With a memory card full of great pictures and a mind full of experiences I’ll never forget, I want to recommend everyone to go on the Garden Route with Bokbus.